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Week 12 Fantasy Start Rankings – Every Position

Posted on 20 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Just for the sake of making everything easier, I’ve decided to post the week 12 Fantasy Start Rankings for all 6 positions in one place. It’s the same start rankings that you can find on the bottoms of each of the Positional Power Rankings for week 12. You can locate those power rankings by using the links at the bottom of this page too.

 

Listed below are the formulary start rankings for each of the 6 positions, with their formulary number listed in parentheses next to them. The formulary rankings are gotten using the “secret fantasy flavor formula”, it’s basically 2 parts player performance, 1 part defensive expectations against them this week, with a few variables thrown in for injuries and anomalies.

 

As news becomes available over the course of the weekend, I’ll make notes here too, so keep checking back. And at the end of the day, trust your gut, and have fun. That’s why we play the games after all anyway. And good luck to you this week as the playoffs approach.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

1. Peyton Manning (15) @SD

2. Aaron Rodgers (21) @ NO

3. Jay Cutler (22) vs. OAK

4. Tony Romo (22) vs. SF

5. Kurt Warner (29) vs. NYG

6. Shaun Hill (31) @ DAL

7. Brady Quinn (31) vs. HOU

8. Drew Brees (35) vs. GB

9. Eli Manning (36) @ AZ

10. Phillip Rivers (40) vs. IND

11. Matt Cassel (40) @ MIA

12. Kyle Orton (42) @ ST.L

13. Tyler Thigpen (43) vs. BUF

14. Gus Frerotte (43) @ JAX

15. Jeff Garcia (44) @ DET

16. Donavan McNabb (45) @ BAL

17. Jason Campbell (48) @ SEA

18. David Garrard (52) vs. MIN

19. Brett Favre (53) @ TEN

20. Chad Pennington (57) vs. NE

21. Sage Rosenfels (61) @ CLE

22. Kerry Collins (61) vs. NYJ

23. Matt Ryan (62) vs. CAR

24. Joe Flacco (64) vs. PHI

25. Jake Delhomme (68) @ ATL

26. Ben Roethlisberger (69) vs. CIN

27. JaMarcus Russell (70) @ DEN*about the same if it’s Walter or Tuisasopo

28. Trent Edwards (78) @ KC

29. Marc Bulger (78) vs. CHI

30. Ryan Fitzpatrick (81) @ PIT

31. Daunte Culpepper (86) vs. TB

32. Matt Hasselbeck (87) vs. WAS

 

 

RUNNINGBACKS

 

1. Clinton Portis (19) @ SEA

2. Adrian Peterson (22) @ JAX

3. Matt Forte (22) @ ST.L

4. Frank Gore (23) @ DAL

5. Marion Barber (27) vs. SF

6. Thomas Jones (28) @ TEN

7. Reggie Bush (32) vs. GB

8. Brian Westbrook (33) @ BAL

9. Willie Parker (34) vs. CIN

10. Brandon Jacobs (35) @ AZ *watch his injury status

11. Marshawn Lynch (37) @ KC

12. LaDanian Tomlinson (38) vs. IND

13. Michael Turner (43) vs. CAR

14. DeAngelo Williams (43) @ ATL

15. Steve Slaton (45) @ CLE

16. Maurice Jones-Drew (46) vs. MIN

17. Ronnie Brown (48) vs. NE

18. Jamal Lewis (51) vs. HOU

19. Chris Johnson (56) vs. NYJ

20. Larry Johnson (56) vs. BUF

21. Steven Jackson (60) vs. CHI *keep an eye on his status

22. Joseph Addai (65)@ SD

23. LenDale White (66) vs. NYJ

24. Ryan Grant (69) @ NO

25. Darren McFadden (71) @ DEN

26. Jonathan Stewart (73) @ ATL

27. Warrick Dunn (74) @ DET

28. Sammy Morris (76) @ MIA

29. Mewelde Moore (77) vs. CIN

30. Tim Hightower (78) vs. NYG

31. Kevin Smith (79) vs. TB

32. Willis McGahee (83) vs. PHI *keep an eye on his status

33. Deuce McAllister (84) vs. GB

34. Derrick Ward (85) @ AZ

35. Ahman Green (85) @ CLE

36. LeRon McClain (87) vs. PHI *bump 2 or 3 spots if McGahee can’t go

37. Jerome Harrison (87) vs. HOU

38. Peyton Hillis (89) vs. OAK

39. Justin Fargas (95)vs. DEN *bump 15 spots if McFadden can’t go

40. Ray Rice (97) vs. PHI *keep him here regardless of McGahee’s status

41. Dominic Rhodes (97) @ SD

42. Jerious Norwood (99) vs. CAR

43. Julius Jones (99) vs. WAS

44. Leon Washington (100) @ TEN

45. Antonio Pittman (102) vs. CHI *bump 8 to 10 spots if Steven Jackson can’t go

46. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (104) @ MIA

47. Ricky Williams (106) vs. NE

48. Chester Taylor (112) @ JAX

49. Kevin Faulk (114) @ MIA

50. Kenneth Darby (114) vs. CHI *bump 3 or 4 spots if Jackson can’t go

 

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

1. Santana Moss (11) @ SEA

2. Anquan Boldin (15) vs. NYG

3. Larry Fitzgerald (17) vs. NYG

4. Greg Jennings (20) @ NO

5. Andre Johnson (25) @ CLE

6. Bernard Berrian (27) @ JAX

7. Steve Smith (29) *CAR @ ATL

8. Calvin Johnson (32) vs. TB

9. Roddy White (34) vs. CAR

10. Reggie Wayne (34) @ SD

11. Hines Ward (38) vs. CIN

12. Kevin Walter (41) @ CLE

13. Brandon Marshall (45) vs. OAK

14. Justin Gage (45) vs. NYJ

15. Terrell Owens (48) vs. SF

16. Eddie Royal (49) vs. OAK

17. DeWayne Bowe (49) vs. BUF

18. Randy Moss (50) @ MIA

19. Lee Evans (56) @ KC

20. Antonio Bryant (59) @ DET

21. TJ Houshmandzadeh (60) @ PIT

22. Donnie Avery (63) vs. CHI

23. Lance Moore (67) vs. GB

24. Vincent Jackson (68) vs. IND

25. Wes Welker (68) @ MIA

26. DeSean Jackson (69) @ BAL

27. Plaxico Burress (74) @ AZ

28. Donald Driver (76) @ NO

29. Braylon Edwards (77) vs. HOU

30. Chris Chambers (80) vs. IND

31. Laverneus Coles (81) @ TEN

32. Jehrrico Cotchery (83) @ TEN

33. Matt Jones (84) vs. MIN

34. Mushin Muhammad (91) @ ATL

35. Derrick Mason (92) vs. PHI *watch his injury status

36. DeVery Henderson (95) vs. GB

37. Steve Breaston (95) vs. NYG

38. Issac Bruce (98) @ DAL

39. Brandon Lloyd (98) @ ATL

40. Mark Bradley (101) vs. BUF

41. Nate Washington (104) vs. CIN

42. Kevin Curtis (105) @ BAL

43. Ted Ginn Jr. (109) vs. NE

44. Sinorice Moss (110) @ AZ

45. Michael Jenkins (116) vs. CAR

46. Santonio Holmes (117) vs. CIN

47. Marvin Harrison (118) @ SD

48. Greg Camarillo (121) vs. NE

49. Malcolm Floyd (124) vs. IND

50. Ricky Williams (124) vs. NE

51. Antoine Randle-El (127) @ SEA

52. Anthony Gonzalez (128) @ SD

53. Rasheid Davis (132) @ ST.L

54. Tory Holt (133) vs. CHI

55. Bryant Johnson (134) @ DAL

56. Jabar Gafney (134) @ MIA

57. Hank Baskett (135) vs. BAL

58. Amani Toomer (136) @ AZ

59. Marques Colston (137) vs. GB

60. Chad Johnson (140) @ PIT *out insert Chris Henry here

61. Patrick Crayton (140) vs. SF

62. Devin Hester (144) @ ST.L

63. Koren Robinson (149) vs. WAS

64. Bobby Wade (151) @ JAX

65. Myles Austin (152) vs. SF  out

66. Sidney Rice (153) @ JAX

67. Marty Booker (156) @ ST.L

68. Deion Branch (157) vs. WAS

69. Ike Hilliard (161) @ DET

70. Reggie Brown (163) @ BAL

71. Chansi Stuckey (165) @ TEN

72. John Standeford (170) vs. TB

73. Brandon Stokley (171) vs. OAK

74. Mike Walker (174) @ DET

75. Steve Smith (174)*NYG @ AZ

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

1. Dallas Clark (13) @ SD

2. Kellen Winslow Jr. (15) vs. HOU

3. Tony Scheffler (20) vs. OAK

4. Bo Scaife (24) vs. NYJ

5. Antonio Gates (28) vs. IND

6. Owen Daniels (29) @ CLE

7. Tony Gonzalez (33) vs. BUF

8. Kevin Boss (34) @ AZ

9. Anthony Fasano (34) vs. NE

10. Dustin Keller (34) @ TEN

11. Zach Miller (34) @ DEN

12. Billy Miller (38) vs. GB

13. Jerramy Stevens (39) @ DET

14. Jason Witten (42) vs. SF

15. Visanthe Schiancoe (43) @ JAX

16. Chris Cooley (45) @ SEA

17. Greg Olsen (53) @ ST.L

18. Alex Smith (53) @ DET

19. Mercedes Lewis (55) vs. MIN

20. Todd Heap (55) vs. PHI

21. Tom Santi (61) @ SD

22. John Carlson (63) vs. WAS

23. Daniel Graham (64) @ CLE

24. LJ Smith (66) @ BAL

25. Derek Fine (69) @ KC

26. Steve Heiden (73) vs. HOU

27. Vernon Davis (76) @ DAL

28. Dante Rosario (78) @ ATL

29. Donald Lee (79) @ NO

30. Heath Miller (80) vs. CIN

31. Martellus Bennett (80) vs. SF

32. Brent Celek (80) @ BAL

33. David Martin (80) vs. NE

34. Alge Crumpler (80) vs. NYJ

35. Jeremy Shockey (82) vs. GB

 

 

KICKERS

 

1. Mason Crosby (16) @ NO

2. Garrett Hartley (16) vs. GB

3. Stephen Gostkowski (24) @ MIA

4. Matt Bryant (26) @ DET

5. Phil Dawson (29) vs. HOU

6. David Akers (30) @ BAL

7. Lawrence Tynes (32) @ AZ *no difference if it’s Carney

8. Rian Lindell (33) @ KC

9. Jason Elam (36) vs. CAR

10. Shaun Suisham (36) @ SEA

11. Nate Kaeding (39) vs. IND

12. Joe Nedney (41) @ DAL

13. Matt Prater (44) vs. CAR

14. Jay Feeley (46) @ TEN

15. Ryan Longwell (46) @ JAX

16. Robbie Gould (46) @ ST.L

17. Rob Bironas (47) vs. NYJ

18. Sebastian Janikowski (48) @ DEN

19. Josh Brown (50) vs. CHI

20. Neil Rackers (54) vs. NYG

21. Josh Scobee (58) vs. MIN

22. John Kasay (61) @ ATL

23. Jeff Reed (61) vs. CIN

24. Nick Folk (65) vs. SF

25. Jason Hanson (69) vs. TB

26. Connor Barth (69) vs. BUF

27. Matt Stover (71) vs. PHI

28. Olindo Mare (75) vs. WAS

29. Kris Brown (77) @ CLE

30. Adam Vinatieri (77) @ SD

31. Shayne Graham (79) @ PIT

32. Dan Carpenter (83) vs. NE

 

 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

 

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7) @ DET

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (16) vs. CIN

3. Chicago Bears (21) @ ST.L

4. Green Bay Packers (27) @ NO

5. Philadelphia Eagles (27) @ BAL

6. Tennessee Titans (30) vs. NYJ

7. New York Jets (36) @ TEN

8. New York Giants (37) @ AZ

9. Baltimore Ravens (42) vs. PHI

10. Miami Dolphins (42) vs. NE

11. Seattle Seahawks (42) vs. WAS

12. San Francisco 49ers (43) @ DAL

13. Dallas Cowboys (43) vs. SF

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (44) vs. MIN

15. Cleveland Browns (46) vs. HOU

16. Minnesota Vikings (48) @ JAX

17. Oakland Raiders (49) @ DEN

18. Atlanta Falcons (50) vs. CAR

19. Buffalo Bills (50) @ KC

20. Arizona Cardinals (51) vs. NYG

21. Carolina Panthers (52) @ ATL

22. Washington Redskins (58) @ SEA

23. Kansas City Chiefs (63) vs. BUF

24. New England Patriots (65) @ MIA

25. Cincinnati Bengals (67) @ PIT

26. Denver Broncos (67) vs. OAK

27. San Diego Chargers (68) vs. IND

28. New Orleans Saints (72) vs. GB

29. Indianapolis Colts (73) @ SD

30. Houston Texans (80) @ CLE

31. St. Louis Rams (81) vs. CHI

32. Detroit Lions (87) vs. TB

 

 

Week 12 Fantasy QB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy RB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy WR Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy K Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy D/ST Rankings and Previews

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 12 WRs

Posted on 19 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are the Week 12 Fantasy Flavor Wide Receiver Power Rankings. There have been lots of shakeups in the hierarchies of several receiving corps this season, which now means that a few early round wide receivers like Tory Holt and Marques Colston are now taking back seats to guys likely gotten off of the waiver wire in most leagues. There are a lit more systems in which the #2 guy seems to be challenging the established #1 too, and of course a few groups too crowded to choose between. Make sure to check back tomorrow for the tight end, kicker and defense rankings too.

 

Keep in mind that the power rankings, listed here, are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of your best options for week 12. Just below the power rankings are match up previews advising who should be better or worse than usual this week, based on their opponents. At the bottom, are the week 12 start rankings, that’s where you should look for help with your week 12 lineup decisions.

 

Week 12 Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings

 

WR Power Ranks Archive34567 - 8 - 9 - 10- 11

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Anquan Boldin (1) – AZ – 792 yds 10 TD

 

2. Larry Fitzgerald (3) – AZ – 939 yds 6 TD

 

3. Roddy White (2) – ATL – 903 yds 6 TD

 

4. Calvin Johnson (5) – DET – 839 yds 7 TD

 

5. Santana Moss (4) – WAS – 701 yds 5 TD

 

6. Greg Jennings (10) – GB – 865 yds 5 TD

 

7. Steve Smith (7) – CAR – 681 yds 4 TD

 

8. Bernard Berrian (6) – MIN – 667 yds 5 TD

 

9. Andre Johnson (8) – HOU – 955 yds 3 TD

 

10. Reggie Wayne (9) – IND – 790 yds 5 TD

 

11. Brandon Marshall (11) – DEN – 803 yds 4 TD

 

12. Eddie Royal (12) – DEN – 659 yds 4 TD

 

13. Justin Gage (NR) – TEN – 376 yds 4 TD

 

14. Hines Ward (13) – PIT – 681 yds 5 TD

 

15. TJ Houshmandzadeh (NR) – CIN – 726 yds 4 TD

 

16. DeWayne Bowe (NR) – KC – 666 yds 5 TD

 

17. Kevin Walter (15) – HOU – 574 yds 6 TD

 

18. Vincent Jackson (16) – SD – 646 yds 4 TD

 

19. Lance Moore (NR) – NO – 609 yds 5 TD

 

20. Lee Evans (14) – BUF – 700 yds 3 TD

 

Dropped From Rankings: Terrell Owens – DAL; Chris Chambers – SD; Laverneus Coles – NYJ; DeSean Jackson – PHI

 

WRs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 12: Santana Moss & Antoine Randle-El @ SEA; Terrell Owens & Roy Williams vs. SF; Plaxico Burress & Amani Toomer @ AZ; Antonio Bryant & Ike Hilliard @ DET; Randy Moss & Wes Welker @ MIA; Andre Johnson & Kevin Walter @ CLE; Greg Jennings & Donald Driver @ NO; Hines Ward & Santonio Holmes vs. CIN

 

WRs Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 12 Match Ups: Donnie Avery, Tory Holt & Derrick Stanley vs. CHI; Steve Smith & Sinorice Moss @ AZ; Michael Clayton @ DET; Ted Ginn & Greg Camarillo vs. NE; Nate Washington vs. CIN

 

WRs With Tough Week 12 Match Ups: Chris Chambers & Vincent Jackson vs. IND; Laverneus Coles & Jehricco Cotchery @ TEN; Chad Johnson & TJ Houshmandzadeh @ PIT; Lance Moore, DeVery Henderson & Marques Colston vs. GB; Roddy White vs. CAR; Kevin Curtis & DeSean Jackson @ BAL; Derrick Mason & Mark Clayton vs. PHI; Deion Branch, Koren Robinson & Bobby Engram vs. WAS; Calvin Johnson vs. TB; Brandon Marshall & Eddie Royal vs. OAK

 

WRs You Might Want To Avoid In Week 12: Shaun MacDonald & Mike Furrey vs. TB; Reggie Brown & Hank Baskett @ BAL; Michael Jenkins vs. CAR

 

And here are the week 12 Fantasy WR start rankings; it’s the projected top 75 WRs in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Santana Moss (11)

2. Anquan Boldin (15)

3. Larry Fitzgerald (17)

4. Greg Jennings (20)

5. Andre Johnson (25)

6. Bernard Berrian (27)

7. Steve Smith (29) *CAR

8. Calvin Johnson (32)

9. Roddy White (34)

10. Reggie Wayne (34)

11. Hines Ward (38)

12. Kevin Walter (41)

13. Brandon Marshall (45)

14. Justin Gage (45)

15. Terrell Owens (48)

16. Eddie Royal (49)

17. DeWayne Bowe (49)

18. Randy Moss (50)

19. Lee Evans (56)

20. Antonio Bryant (59)

21. TJ Houshmandzadeh (60)

22. Donnie Avery (63)

23. Lance Moore (67)

24. Vincent Jackson (68)

25. Wes Welker (68)

26. DeSean Jackson (69)

27. Plaxico Burress (74)

28. Donald Driver (76)

29. Braylon Edwards (77)

30. Chris Chambers (80)

31. Laverneus Coles (81)

32. Jehrrico Cotchery (83)

33. Matt Jones (84)

34. Mushin Muhammad (91)

35. Derrick Mason (92) *watch his injury status

36. DeVery Henderson (95)

37. Steve Breaston (95)

38. Issac Bruce (98)

39. Brandon Lloyd (98)

40. Mark Bradley (101)

41. Nate Washington (104)

42. Kevin Curtis (105)

43. Ted Ginn Jr. (109)

44. Sinorice Moss (110)

45. Michael Jenkins (116)

46. Santonio Holmes (117)

47. Marvin Harrison (118)

48. Greg Camarillo (121)

49. Malcolm Floyd (124)

50. Ricky Williams (124)

51. Antoine Randle-El (127)

52. Anthony Gonzalez (128)

53. Rasheid Davis (132)

54. Tory Holt (133)

55. Bryant Johnson (134)

56. Jabar Gafney (134)

57. Hank Baskett (135)

58. Amani Toomer (136)

59. Marques Colston (137)

60. Chad Johnson (140)

61. Patrick Crayton (140)

62. Devin Hester (144)

63. Koren Robinson (149)

64. Bobby Wade (151)

65. Myles Austin (152) *likely out 2 weeks, shouldn’t effect other DAL receivers

66. Sidney Rice (153)

67. Marty Booker (156)

68. Deion Branch (157)

69. Ike Hilliard (161)

70. Reggie Brown (163)

71. Chansi Stuckey (165)

72. John Standeford (170)

73. Brandon Stokley (171)

74. Mike Walker (174)

75. Steve Smith (174) *NYG

 

Use the links below to access the other rankings for this week, and check back tomorrow for the tight end, kicker and defense rankings. All will be up in plenty of time to get your lineups in before tomorrow night’s game.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 12 QB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 RB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 K Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 D/ST Rankings and Previews

 

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Weekend 15-7-0

Posted on 17 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

You know the drill. 15 who deserve props; 7 who got lucky; and an absolute ZERO. 15-7-0. And it’s a good thing the Ravens aren’t considered until Tuesday; or else their run defense might be the easy zero.

Deserving props are……

1. Cliff Tucker, Jeremy Goode, Josh Thornton, Darryl Proctor, Jordan Lee, and Brett Harvey

I don’t know about you; but I’m pretty thrilled to have college basketball back. Tucker looked much improved in tallying 14 as the Terps opened their campaign with a 81-52 win over Bucknell. Jeremy Goode put home 25 as Mt. St. Mary’s opened their season with a 84-76 win over Loyola. Thornton had 24 (19 in the 2nd half) as Towson opened their season with an 86-68 win over Navy. Proctor put home 20 boards and 9 boards as UMBC blasted Stevenson 91-54 to tip off their season. Freshman Lee tallied 22 as Coppin State  pushed around Wilmington 94-73 to open the season for the Eagles. And Harvey tallied 34 points as Loyola bounced back from their season opening loss to beat Tennessee State 73-70 Sunday night.

2. Beanie Wells and Terrelle Pryor

Did Wells really do this? Wow. The Ohio State RB and QB combo combined for 253 yards rushing as the Buckeyes defeated Illinois 30-20 in Champagne; avenging their 2007 loss in Columbus. The Buckeyes still have a reasonable shot at the Rose Bowl-needing just a win over Michigan and a Michigan State win over Penn State.

3. Peyton Manning

The Ravens’ playoff hopes took multiple shots Sunday-as not only did their loss and the Steelers’ win hurt; the Colts put them behind the 8 ball in the Wild Card picture as well; thanks to 320 yards and 2 TD’s from Manning, who helped the Colts beat the Texans 33-27.

4. Brock Lesnar

Sure he’s just 3-1 in his MMA career. Sure the biggest fight he had won before Saturday night was against Heath Herring. Sure there will be detractors who say that his win says more about the lack of great talent in the UFC’s heavyweight division than it does about Lesnar as heavyweight champion. But he beat the greatest champion in UFC history in Randy Couture, and THAT is all you need to know about Brock Lesnar’s accomplishment.

5. Chris Crane and Russell Wilson

Crane was masterful for Boston College, throwing for 181 yards and a TD; and helping the Eagles hold the ball for nearly 40 minutes as BC stunned Florida State 27-17 in Tallahassee to stay alive for the ACC Championship. And I tried telling everyone that NC State was a good team; but not everyone believed me. Maybe after beating Wake 21-17 behind Wilson’s 3 TD’s more of you will understand how well Maryland had to play to beat the Wolfpack.

6. Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards

I don’t think myself a mathematician, but how a driver (Edwards) can win more races (9 to 7), finish in the Top 5 more often (19 to 15) and finish in the Top 10 more often (27 to 22) than another driver (Johnson) and yet still have to watch the other drive celebrate a Championship is strange to me. If I knew more about NASCAR, I’d attempt to explain this; but instead I’ll just say congratulations to Jimmie Johnson for becoming just the 2nd driver to win 3 straight titles.

7. Ryan Grant

It must be nice to play in a division where 5-5 is good enough for first place; as the Packers, Vikings, and Bears all remain tied at the top of the NFC North. Grant was masterful Sunday, rushing for 145 yards and a TD as the Pack CRUISED to a 37-3 victory over the Bears.

8. Nick and Vinnie DePaola

The Hereford Bulls made it look easy Friday with a 37-6 victory over Mervo in the 3A North Semifinals. The brothers DePaola ran for 3 TD’s, and Nick even recovered a fumble to boot. Next up for Hereford will be Milford Mill, who was a winner over Franklin.

9. Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators

There are many who believe the Gators are still the best team in the country. 3 TD’s from Tim Tebow, 167 yards rushing and 2 TD’s from Percy Harvin, and the Gators’ 56-6 win over former Florida coach Steve Spurrier and South Carolina will make sure the Gators don’t fall behind USC in the BCS standings.

10. Jeremy Hall and Denison Cabral

Loyola couldn’t quite make it a perfect regular season and a perfect soccer weekend in the area; but it was still pretty good. Hall scored the championship goal for the Terps as they defeated Virginia 1-nil for their 3rd ever ACC Championship. Cabral netted a hat trick as the Blast opened their season with a 14-4 blowout win over the Rockford Rampage.

11. Chauncey Billups and Allen Iverson

Sometimes a trade REALLY works out for both teams. The Dodgers and Red Sox both benefited from their Manny Ramirez-Jason Bay swap last year; and this Iverson-Billups deal appears to be working for both the Nuggets and Pistons. The Pistons may have run out of gas in Phoenix Sunday night, but they’re still 7-3 thanks to Iverson’s 25 Friday night in handing the Lakers their first loss 106-95. It was a pretty good weekend for the Nuggets, who got 18 from Billups Friday night for a rare win in Boston; and 26 more from Billups to lead the way in a Sunday night win over Minnesota. (Congratulations to former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Anthony Morrow as well; as despite not being drafted-he worked hard in Summer League play and was able to sign with the Warriors. The signing paid off, as Morrow poured in 37 points and 11 boards in his first NBA start Saturday night-helping the Warriors beat the Clippers 121-103.)

12. James Bond

The 007 movie-record $70.4 million dollars that “Quantum of Solace” made this weekend isn’t surprising, as the most recent Bond flick is VERY good. It might not be quite as good as Casino Royale was, but the last Bond flick may be the reason movie-goers were encouraged to check out Daniel Craig’s second romp as James Bond. And the best thing about James Bond is that unlike other great protagonists; he is really never in any great danger. Even in difficult circumstances, 007 remains as cool as the other side of the pillow, and never gets in the type of sticky situations that even superheroes like Batman find themselves in. In fact, the title of the next Bond flick might as well be “Hey Everybody! Watch How Freaking Awesome I Am!”

13. Justin Gage

Who knew the Titans had a 100 yard receiver in their arsenal? Trailing 14-3 in the 2nd half at Jacksonville, the Titans’ perfect season didn’t crumble because Gage hauled in 2 TD passes from Kerry Collins; and finished with 147 yards on the day as the Titans walked away with a 24-14 win on the road. They’re 4 games up on the Colts with 6 to play in the AFC South; and are finding new ways to win every week.

14. Da’Rel Scott, Chris Turner, Davin Meggett, Antwine Perez, Obi Egekeze, Mack Frost, Ronnie Tyler, Jamari McCullough, and Danny Oquendo

Could any more Terps have made big plays on Saturday? It wasn’t a pretty win; but beating a good team in ACC play never is. Scott and Meggett combined for over 200 yards; Turner scrambled for 9 on 4th and 5; Perez stopped Cam Sexton on 3rd and 3; Frost sacked Sexton to set up McCullough’s game-ending pick; Tyler and Oquendo made multiple 3rd down receptions; and Egekeze hit another game winner in the rain. All of it added up for a 17-15 win for the Terps; who improved to 7-3 and still control their own destiny for a shot at the Orange Bowl.

15. Deli pickles

When ordering a turkey sandwich at a College Park eatery Friday night; I briefly considered picking up a bag of baked potato chips to accompany my dinner. But upon looking up and seeing a barrel of pickles; I immediately changed my mind and ordered a deli pickle-possibly the size of my forearm; to create the perfect meal. I cannot remember any time in my life when I was not thrilled with a deli pickle I have ordered, and I might go as far as to say that the deli pickle is the greatest accessory in sandwich making history.

Getting lucky were….

1. Charlie Weis

If Navy had gone down the field and scored the winning TD at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday, Weis might as well have not bothered to take the team charter back to South Bend. He was less than half the field away from sending every Notre Dame supporter across the country into absolute PANIC mode; and getting the chance to go back to the Patriots next season. I really don’t care for Notre Dame football, but even I would have felt bad for Weis had the Irish blown a 20 point lead in the final 100 seconds.

2. Eric Mangini

Is there still frostiness between Bill Belichick and Eric Mangini? Maybe, but Mangini can finally smile a bit; as the Jets are in sole possession of first place in the AFC East this late in the season for the first time since 2001-but it didn’t come easy. The Jets blew a 24-6 lead by allowing Matt Cassel to find Randy Moss in the corner of the endzone on 4th down with 1 second left in regulation. The Jets managed to get the 34-31 win in overtime thanks to a masterful drive by Brett Favre; leaving the Jets with a great chance to win the AFC East.

3. The New Jersey Devils

Yes, the Devils DID hold on to beat the Caps in a shootout Saturday night; but if the Devils and Caps somehow find each other very close in playoff positioning at the end of the season; New Jersey will certainly remember the goal they surrendered to Alexander Ovechkin as regulation expired to let the Caps steal a point in Newark. It might have been a fluke goal off a scrum near the net; but it was still inexcusable.

4. The Duke Blue Devils

Are they as good as their Top 5 ranking would make you think they are? Certainly not. But even I would have been stunned to see Duke lose to Rhode Island at home Sunday. But when the Devils fell behind by 12 early; you got the feeling it might be the Rams’ day. And had Duke not managed to score on their final 7 possessions, it might very well have been. Instead, the Crazies were able to see the 62nd consecutive non-conference win at Cameron Indoor 82-79.

5. The LSU Tigers

I can only imagine the look on Casey Willett’s face when he looked up and saw his Tigers were trailing 31-3 in the 2nd half against the Troy Trojans. The game was still in blowout territory in the 4th with Troy holding a 31-10 advantage. Sure, LSU scored the final 37 points of the game to win; but their win did little to help convince me that the SEC is the dominant conference we are told they are week in and week out.

6. The Arizona Cardinals

When you’ve never won a division since the franchise moved to the desert, this wasn’t the way you want to send-off the team that has won the last 4. The Cardinals allowed the Seahawks to shave 13 points off their 19 point fourth quarter lead; and needed a Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie interception of a Matt Hasselbeck pass late to make sure the Seahawks didn’t get off the mat. With the NFC-best New York Giants next for Arizona; they could ill-afford to make the Seahawks think they were still alive for the NFC West crown.

7. The Freaking Steelers

When you can’t do as much as score one touchdown; you shouldn’t be able to beat good teams. Fortunately for the Steelers; their opponent Sunday were the reeling Chargers. Jeff Reed hit 3 field goals and Marcus McNeill recovered a fumble in the endzone for a safety that would prove to be huge as the Steelers won the NFL’s first ever 11-10 game. It was ugly, but the Steelers are-UGH-back in first place by themselves.

And this week’s total ZERO…

Billy Gillespie

There is a chance Billy Gillespie could still one day become a great head coach at Kentucky. But somewhere in Minneapolis, Tubby Smith has to be smiling as the Wildcats continue to suffer unthinkable losses. Gardner-Webb last season, and now…….VMI? The Cats put up their worst defensive performance in 19 years; losing 111-103. This Kentucky team could still end up dancing in March; but this one certainly won’t be forgotten.

(And an honorable mention to the Eagles, Bengals, AND the NFL’s overtime rules that allowed for-A FREAKING TIE. The Eagles should be embarrassed for not being able to beat the dreadful Bengals. The Bengals should be embarrassed for having Shayne Graham miss a field goal and forcing newspapers, websites, and TV graphic-makers everywhere to add an additional column to the NFL standings. The NFL should be embarrassed that they don’t force teams to play additional overtimes. How can you possibly charge a fan 100 bucks to sit in the upper deck and witness a TIE?)

That’s it. Talk to you tomorrow morning.

-G

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Towson impressive in debut

Posted on 14 November 2008 by Drew Forrester

No sense in getting worked up over the first game of the year.

But…

Pat Kennedy found himself some basketball players in the off-season.

Towson University kicked off year #5 of the Pat Kennedy era with an impressive 86-68 home win over Navy on Friday night before a nice crowd (I’m guessing 2,500 or so…a REAL 2,500 if you know what I mean…) at the Towson Center.

Josh Thornton had the hot hand for the Tigers, pouring in 24 points including four three-pointers during a five minute stretch of the second half when Towson put the game away with an early 28-6 run.  Newcomer Jarrel Smith added 18 in his Tigers’ debut and junior college transfer Calvin Lee had 10 points and 9 rebounds in his first outing in black and gold.

Towson’s backcourt appears in good hands with Richmond transfer Brian Morris.  He handled the bulk of the point guard duties on Friday (10 points, 8 assists) after Baltimore product Troy Franklin (Mt. Carmel HS) got into early foul trouble and played only 7 minutes in the first half.  Morris can distribute the ball and shoot it if necessary…and looked comfortable on the court with Thornton when the two played together throughout the second half.

Rebounding was a problem for Towson last year, but if game one was any indication of things to come, Kennedy and his coaching staff won’t have much concern about his team’s work on the boards in ’08-09. Sophomore Robert Nwanko (6’9″) added 15 pounds in the off-season and looked the part of a potentially dominant defensive player on Friday…of course, the CAA produces players bigger and stronger than those offered by Navy in the home opener.  But Nwanko looks to be a very promising player for Towson.

In all, it was a good start for the Tigers, who appear to be much more athletic than a year ago and have several players who can handle the ball in the backcourt.  

Keep in mind, three players (Rick Brown, Jr. Hairston, Tony Durant) were suspended for the opener as part of their punishment for an incident at a campus party back in September.  Based on Friday’s game against Navy, Durant and Brown might have trouble finding playing time anyway this season – but Hairston figures to play a key role for the Tigers providing he stays out of trouble following his 3-game suspension.

The Tigers travel to Niagara on Sunday for their road opener.

Towson returns home next Saturday to take on Hampton University.

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 11 WRs

Posted on 12 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

There aren’t a lot of surprises to be found on the wide receiver front, except that now that byes have all been wrapped up there’ll be plenty available to choose from. We’ll do what we can to help you find a good one if you’re in need this week. Marquee wide receivers have been surprisingly healthy as a group too, many have been disappointing, and a few nicked up, but those who made it out of the preseason okay seem to have held up well, outside of Seattle that is.

 

Remember that we’re listing 3 separate areas of evaluation in each Positional Power Rankings blog. The power rankings, listed first, are a year to date assessment of the top 20 at each position. Under those, are listings advising who should be a little bit better or worse than usual, based on their match up this week. And finally, at the bottom of each blog is the formulary start rankings, which is gotten using the “Secret Fantasy Flavor Formula”. It’s two parts year to date performance, one part opponents’ defensive performance, with adjustments for injuries, anomalies, and playing time changes.

 

Remember, none of this is gospel. If it were that easy, it wouldn’t be fun to play the games. With that said, we’re very proud of our track record so far, and suggest that you use these and as many other resources as you can find, in order to formulate your own opinions. After all, it’s you who has to live with your lineup decisions.

 

Week 11 Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings

 

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Remember that the power rankings listed here are a reflection of year to date performance only, and not an inducement of who to start this week. Check the list at the bottom of the column for this week’s start rankings.

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Anquan Boldin (1) – AZ – 606 yds 10 TD

 

2. Roddy White (6) – ATL – 801 yds 6 TD

 

3. Larry Fitzgerald (5) – AZ – 791 yds 6 TD

 

4. Santana Moss (4) – WAS – 672 yds 5 TD

 

5. Calvin Johnson (2) – DET – 774 yds 6 TD

 

6. Bernard Berrian (9) – MIN – 621 yds 4 TD

 

7. Steve Smith (3) – CAR – 662 yds 4 TD

 

8. Andre Johnson (7) – HOU – 900 yds 3 TD

 

9. Reggie Wayne (12) – IND – 700 yds 5 TD

 

10. Greg Jennings (8) – GB – 801 yds 4 TD

 

11. Brandon Marshall (11) – DEN – 714 yds 4 TD

 

12. Eddie Royal (20) – DEN – 625 yds 4 TD

 

13. Hines Ward (11) – PIT – 561 yds 5 TD

 

14. Lee Evans (10) – BUF – 700 yds 3 TD

 

15. Kevin Walter (NR) – HOU – 495 yds 6 TD

 

16. Vincent Jackson (13) – SD – 621 yds 4 TD

 

17. Terrell Owens (15) – DAL – 467 yds 6 TD

 

18. Chris Chambers (16) – MIA – 273 yds 5 TD

 

19. Laverneus Coles (14) – NYJ – 487 yds 5 TD

 

20. DeSean Jackson (NR) – 586 yds 1 TD

 

Dropped from Rankings: Isaac Bruce – SF; DeWayne Bowe – KC

 

WRs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 11: Steve Smith & Mushin Muhammad vs. DET; Lee Evans vs. CLE; Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald & Steve Breaston @ SEA; Greg Jennings & Donald Driver vs. CHI; Donnie Avery & Tory Holt @ SF; Laverneus Coles & Jerricho Cotchery @ NYG

 

WRs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 11 Match Ups: Bobby Engram & Koren Robinson vs. AZ; Roscoe Parrish vs. CLE; Chaz Schillens & Johnnie Lee Higgins @ MIA; Mark Clayton & Yamon Figurs @ NYG; Jason Hill & Josh Morgan vs. ST.L

 

WRs With Tough Week 11 Match Ups: Andre Johnson & Kevin Walter @ IND; Matt Jones vs. TEN; Calvin Johnson & Shaun MacDonald @ CAR; Chris Chambers & Vincent Jackson @ PIT; Devin Hester & Rasheid Davis @ GB; Chad Johnson & TJ Houshmandzadeh vs. PHI; Randy Moss & Wes Welker vs. NYJ; Plaxico Burress & Amani Toomer vs. BAL; Bernard Berrian @ TB

 

WRs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 11: Jerry Porter & Dennis Northcutt vs. TEN; Ted Ginn Jr. & Greg Camarillo vs. OAK

 

And here are the week 11 Fantasy WR start rankings; it’s the top 75 projected wide receivers in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Anquan Boldin (7)

2. Larry Fitzgerald (11)

3. Steve Smith (15)

4. Santana Moss (21)

5. Roddy White (25)

6. Greg Jennings (26)

7. Lee Evans (31)

8. Bernard Berrian (35)

9. Brandon Marshall (37)

10. Eddie Royal (39)

11. Calvin Johnson (40)

12. Reggie Wayne (40)

13. Hines Ward (40)

14. Laverneus Coles (46)

15. Andre Johnson (48)

16. DeSean Jackson (52)

17. Terrell Owens (54)

18. DeWayne Bowe (55)

19. Antonio Bryant (58)

20. Vincent Jackson (61)

21. Kevin Walter (62)

22. Chris Chambers (65)

23. Donnie Avery (65)

24. Mushin Muhammad (65)

25. Randy Moss (72)

26. DeVery Henderson (73)

27. Steve Breaston (73)

28. Nate Washington (76)

29. Malcolm Floyd (77)

30. TJ Houshmandzadeh (77)

31. Jerricho Cotchery (78)

32. Donald Driver (78)

33. Lance Moore (79)

34. Mark Bradley (79)

35. Plaxico Burress (80)

36. Issac Bruce (82)

37. Braylon Edwards (94)

38. Koren Robinson (94)

39. Matt Jones (97)

40. Santonio Holmes (98)

41. Marques Colston (99)

42. Wes Welker (100)

43. Kevin Curtis (100)

44. Reggie Brown (102)

45. Michael Jenkins (103)

46. Justin Gage (103)

47. Sinorice Moss (118)

48. Hank Baskett (118)

49. Antoine Randle-El (121)

50. Amani Toomer (121)

51. Chad Johnson (123)

52. Anthony Gonzalez (124)

53. Chansi Stuckey (124)

54. Greg Camarillo (125)

55. Sidney Rice (127)

56. Josh Morgan (128)

57. Roy Williams (134)

58. Ted Ginn Jr. (135)

59. Tory Holt (135)

60. Brandon Stokley (137)

61. Mark Clayton (139)

62. Marvin Harrison (140)

63. Patrick Crayton (140)

64. Bryant Johnson (140)

65. Rasheid Davis (140)

66. Jehereme Urban (145)

67. Devin Hester (152)

68. Ike Hilliard (152)

69. Mike Walker (157)

70. Bobby Wade (157)

71. Roscoe Parrish (157)

72. Derrick Stanley (159)

73. Marty Booker (160)

74. Jason Hill (160)

75. Donte Stallworth (160)

 

Check back tomorrow for the tight end, kicker, and defense rankings. And use the links below for this week’s quarterback and running back rankings too. And as always, good luck this week.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

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Road game at Houston “Ngata” problem…

Posted on 09 November 2008 by Drew Forrester

Texans’ QB Sage Rosenfels threw high and wide enough on Sunday afternoon to easily qualify for a spot in the Orioles starting rotation.  

At one point in the 4th quarter, I assumed Houston would go with Matt Schaub…crutches and all.

I doubt he could have been worse than Rosenfels.

Baltimore’s playoff drive shifted into high gear on Sunday with a 41-13 whipping of the Houston Texans, boosted by an efficient offense, a 2-TD day from Todd Heap and a relentless defensive line that stopped the run, intercepted a pass and made life miserable for the Texans offense.

It got so out of hand late in the game that the Ravens decided to run up the score by letting Troy Smith throw a touchdown pass.

Now…the fun and games are over.

Next week, the Ravens go back to playing Division I teams when they travel to the Meadowlands to take on the defending Super Bowl Champions.

Eli Manning won’t throw four picks next Sunday, you can bet on that.

And the Ravens secondary will have to step up in class next Sunday or today’s score – 41-13 – might be next week’s score…but the other way around.

Lost in today’s laugher was another effective performance from Joe Flacco, who went 15-23 for 185 yards and 2 TD’s.  He hasn’t thrown an interception since week #5 in Indianapolis.  Sage Rosenfels threw two in two series’ today.  Yes, Flacco has come along nicely, I’d say.  And Willis McGahee carried the ball 25 times for 112 yards…a reasonable indication that he’s working himself back to 100%.  Finally, Todd Heap showed his detractors that the ball actually does still stick to his hands as #86 caught 5 passes for 58 yards and a couple of scores.  

It was a good day all around for the Ravens, who have now won four straight games.  

Even when the other team stinks it up like the Texans did, there are always plenty of good things to take from a win.

Flacco seemingly outplays the other team’s QB every week.  Baltimore’s running game is powerful, speedy and very unpredictable.  Don’t look now, but guys like Mark Clayton and Yamon Figurs are actually contributing on the receiving end of things.  Shock of all shocks — Todd Heap’s NOT washed up after all, huh?  (those of you who have been saying that just take your medicine like a man and get another beer…).

These kinds of wins are fun.  You make light of the other team’s quarterback, you giggle at the trick plays and you joke about how we’re now the team with the potent offense and the opponent has the guy behind center who can’t complete a pass to his own team.  

Just remember, starting next Sunday, it’s back to the big leagues for the Ravens.

Next week, we’ll see if the fairy tale continues — or does a trip to the Big Apple put a temporary halt to Baltimore’s playoff push?

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 10 WRs

Posted on 05 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

The Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings are pretty static this week too, meaning that it’s getting more and more difficult to find good sleepers at the wide receiver position. We’ve ranked out the top 75 options for this week to give you plenty to choose from.

 

Week 10 Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings

 

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Remember that the power rankings listed here are a reflection of year to date performance only, and not an inducement of who to start this week. Check the list at the bottom of the column for this week’s start rankings.

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Anquan Boldin (1) – AZ – 514 yds 8 TD

 

2. Calvin Johnson (7) – DET – 682 yds 6 TD

 

3. Steve Smith (3) – CAR – 613 yds 4 TD

 

4. Santana Moss (2) – WAS – 672 yds 5 TD

 

5. Larry Fitzgerald (5) – AZ – 742 yds 5 TD

 

6. Roddy White (4) – ATL – 733 yds 5 TD

 

7. Andre Johnson (8) – HOU – 834 yds 3 TD

 

8. Greg Jennings (6) – GB – 764 yds 4 TD

 

9. Bernard Berrian (11) – MIN – 621 yds 4 TD

 

10. Lee Evans (10) – BUF – 678 yds 3 TD

 

11. Brandon Marshall (9) – DEN – 625 yds 3 TD

 

12. Reggie Wayne (12) – IND – 586 yds 4 TD

 

13. Vincent Jackson (15) – SD – 538 yds 4 TD

 

14. Laverneus Coles (13) – NYJ – 473 yds 5 TD

 

15. Terrell Owens (18) – DAL – 467 yds 6 TD

 

16. Chris Chambers (20) – MIA – 273 yds 5 TD

 

17. Isaac Bruce (19) – SF – 399 yds 4 TD

 

18. Hines Ward (16) – PIT – 445 yds 5 TD

 

19. DeWayne Bowe (NR) – KC – 541 yds 3 TD

 

20. Eddie Royal (NR) – DEN – 461 yds 3 TD

 

Dropped from Rankings: Randy Moss – NE; Kevin Walter – HOU

 

WRs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 10: Isaac Bruce @ AZ; Laverneus Coles & Jerricho Cotchery vs. ST.L; Lee Evans @ NE; Brandon Marshall & Eddie Royal @ CLE; Roddy White vs. NO; Greg Jennings & Donald Driver @ MIN

 

WRs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 10 Match Ups: Matt Jones, Jerry Porter, Dennis Northcutt & Reggie Williams @ DET; Laurent Robinson & Michael Jenkins vs. NO; Koren Robinson & Bobby Engram @ MIA; Ted Ginn Jr. & Greg Camarillo vs. SEA; Justin Gage & Brandon Jones @ CHI; Roscoe Parrish & Jake Reed @ NE

 

WRs With Tough Week 10 Match Ups: Hines Ward & Santonio Holmes vs. IND; Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison & Anthony Gonzalez @ PIT; Bernard Berrian vs. GB; Andre Johnson & Kevin Walter vs. BAL; Plaxico Burress & Amani Toomer @ PHI; Donnie Avery & Tory Holt @ NYJ; Derrick Mason & Mark Clayton @ HOU; Steve Smith & Mushin Muhammad @ OAK; Marques Colston & Lance Moore @ ATL

 

WRs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 10: Brandon Lloyd & Marty Booker vs. TEN; JaVon Walker, Chaz Schillens & Johnnie Lee Higgins vs. CAR; Sidney Rice vs. GB

 

And here are the week 10 Fantasy WR start rankings; it’s this week’s top 75 wide receivers in the order that you should consider them. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Anquan Boldin (18)

2. Roddy White (19)

3. Calvin Johnson (20)

4. Larry Fitzgerald (24)

5. Steve Smith (25)

6. Lee Evans (25)

7. Greg Jennings (27)

8. Brandon Marshall (28)

9. Laverneus Coles (31)

10. Isaac Bruce (34)

11. Andre Johnson (39)

12. Eddie Royal (40)

13. Bernard Berrian (44)

14. Vincent Jackson (44)

15. Chris Chambers (48)

16. DeWayne Bowe (48)

17. Jerricho Cotchery (51)

18. Reggie Wayne (52)

19. Matt Jones (53)

20. Randy Moss (56)

21. Hines Ward (66)

22. DeVery Handerson (67)

23. Donald Driver (67)

24. Kevin Walter (69)

25. Nate Washington (72)

26. Braylon Edwards (73)

27. DeSean Jackson (73)

28. Derrick Mason (74)

29. Reggie Brown (75)

30. Brandon Lloyd (79)

31. Michael Jenkins (80)

32. Donnie Avery (81)

33. Mushin Muhammad (83)

34. Greg Camarillo (83)

35. Lance Moore (89)

36. Plaxico Burress (90)

37. Malcolm Floyd (90)

38. Justin Gage (94)

39. Wes Welker (96)

40. Derek Stanley (99)

41. Santonio Holmes (100)

42. Kevin Curtis (101)

43. Steve Breaston (104)

44. Koren Robinson (104)

45. Anthony Gonzalez (106)

46. Sinorice Moss (110)

47. Rasheid Davis (113)

48. Mark Bradley (113)

49. Ted Ginn Jr. (113)

50. Brandon Stokley (118)

51. Mike Walker (121)

52. Chansi Stuckey (123)

53. Marques Colston (123)

54. Bryant Johnson (126)

55. Hank Baskett (129)

56. Tory Holt (131)

57. Derek Hagan (131)

58. Marvin Harrison (134)

59. Amani Toomer (134)

60. James Jones (142)

61. Sidney Rice (143)

62. Darrell Jackson (146)

63. Arnaz Battle (146)

64. Roscoe Parish (147)

65. Mark Clayton (148)

66. Jehereme Urban (152)

67. Bobby Wade (153)

68. Devin Hester (155)

69. Josh Reed (155)

70. Steve Smith (160)

71. Justin McCairens (160)

72. Marty Booker (163)

73. James Hardy (165)

74. Deion Branch (170)

75. Brandon Jones (172)

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 10 QB Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

 

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Here’s Part 2 and a reality check…

Posted on 03 November 2008 by Drew Forrester

So while we continue to bask in the glow of a huge road win, let’s blow out the candle and sit in the dark.

Just for a few minutes.

I promised you Part 2 of “Ravens beat Browns” and here it is.

Consider it the balancing act that’s necessary when someone (ahem, that would be…me) puts the team in the playoffs 8-games into a 16-game season.

I’m thrilled to death with 5-3 and equally ecstatic with how the Ravens have done it (code word for: we’ve won a few games with OFFENSE), yet I continue to see things that leave me puzzled.  And with our playoff hopes alive and well, I’m hoping none of these fears are realized late in the season when one loss, one series or one play could leave us home in January.

Here comes the balancing act.

Enough with the Troy Smith experiment already.  I’m not sure why it is that we have to get him in there on a handful of plays each game.  Is this the CYO Summer League, where all the kids have to play at least 7 minutes or 5 innings?  If Cam Cameron thinks Troy Smith is the better QB for the Ravens, he should just play him.  If Flacco is the QB, he should be the QB.  No more shuffling Smith in there to either appease him or Terrell Suggs. No more pissed-away time-outs.  No more confusion.  Stop the Smith-Shuttle-Bus already.  

Is Willis McGahee IN or OUT?  Financially, I know, he’s IN.  In a big way.  They can’t cut him next spring. He’d be an $8mm salary cap hit.  If he’s NOT healthy enough to play right now, make him inactive and give his spot to a kick-off/long field specialist.  If McClain and Rice are going to carry the load, that’s fine.  But McGahee sitting on the sidelines is a waste. If he’s hurt, fair enough.  Just don’t put him on the sidelines to watch.

Are we philosophically against challenging calls?  Why not throw the red flag yesterday when Jason Wright scampered (supposedly) into the end zone?  I know, I know…when you’re on the road, the replays don’t come as fast and furious as they would if you were the home team.  That’s all the more reason to pay attention to the FIRST replay that is shown.  I’m not 100% sure that Wright touchdown would have been overturned, but it was awfully, awfully close.  The TV crew thought he stepped out before the end zone.  So did I.  

Last but not least, I hope the team doesn’t listen to sports radio goofs who have already situated them into the AFC post-season.  Stay focused, move ahead to the next week and take care of business.

Some are already calling this game in Houston a “trap game”.  That’s a gambling term with which I’m not familiar.  OK, maybe I’m “somewhat familiar” with that term, but I’m not buying it.

Ravens 30-Houston 20.

The playoff train rolls on.

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

What an emotional win.On the road, in the division, against an improving team who had EVERYTHING to play for.

AND they had to rally from down 14 in the second half.

What an absolutely remarkable win.

If the Joe Flacco that played in the 2nd half shows up for the rest of the season; this COULD be a playoff team.

Absolutely remarkable win. Nothing else I can say.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…….

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio

says Ravens create first ‘miracle’ of Harbaugh era

Drew Forrester says Ravens will make playoffs

Drew Forrester says Ravens officially have quarterback

Casey Willett says Flacco hasn’t thrown INT in 3 games

Casey Willett says offense had answer for everything in win

Thyrl Nelson wonders if Stover’s time in Baltimore should be over

Alex Thomas grateful Crennel tried to run

Ed Frankovic still has Ravens concerns

Glenn Clark says Navy got ‘lucky’

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy

 

says Ravens score 24 unanswered in 2nd half to beat Browns

The Official Site says Harbaugh not surprised by performances of Flacco, Rice

The Official Site’s Denver Parler says Ravens again shut down run

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason goes over 100 yards for 17th time in career

Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says Suggs’ INT return provided ‘dagger’ for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens overcame 14 point deficit in 2nd half to beat Browns

The Sun’s David Steele says Ravens lifted by pep talk from 52

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens get major production from young players in Flacco, Rice

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ravens get production from backup DB’s

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives highest praise to Running Backs, D-Line

The Sun’s Ken Murray says after Cribbs burned Ravens for TD; Ayanbadejo responded with big tackles

The Sun’s Ray Frager says Gannon stumbled during broadcast

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says if Ravens lose to Texans; Giants game could be ‘make or break’

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht thinks Rice should be elevated to top RB

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder gives highest praise to RB’s, D-Line, LB’s

The AP says former Brown Stover adds 3 FG’s in win

Aaron Wilson says 52 told Ravens they’d win game

Aaron Wilson says 52 took stopping Jamal ‘personally’

Aaron Wilson says victory gives Ravens day off today

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Ravens dedicated win to Modell

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto says Anderson ‘lost poise’, not Flacco

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Dennis Manoloff says key drop from Edwards could have changed things for Browns

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto can’t figure out how Browns wouldn’t have enough ‘energy’

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Ravens had ‘edge’ in offense, defense, coachingCleveland Plain Dealer’s Dennis Manoloff

says Rice put ‘starch’ in Ravens’ rushing attack

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Bud Shaw thinks after loss Browns should switch to Quinn

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Browns ‘frustrated’ by loss

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says teammates won’t blame loss on Edwards’ drop

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says 20 yard completion to Mason on 3rd and 16 huge for Ravens in rally

Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk says McClain, Mason had TD’s for Ravens in rally

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘demand respect’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘wanted’ win more

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco found Clayton for 47 yard TD pass in first half

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Stallworth, McAlister missed game

SI’s Don Banks thinks Suggs INT will cost Anderson starting job

SI’s Peter King says Ravens one of many NFL teams playing for now and future

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Ravens should be taken ‘seriously’

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says Flacco looks like ‘semi-seasoned pro’

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

previews Thursday tussle with Virginia Tech

The Official Site offers complete Maryland-Virginia Tech release (pdf)The Sun

says Terps move into BCS rankings

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says Ralph takes chopper to high school game

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Hawkins committed to Maryland to stay near family

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says having Portis throw would keep defenses ‘honest’

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Terps move to 23rd in AP poll

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps now alone in first place

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Meggett ‘unflappable’

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Glennon, Taylor both returned to practice for Hokies

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says availability of Scott, Philistin might not be known until kickoff

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps 21st in coaches’ poll

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps can clinch division by winning next 3 games

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says Holt might be responsible for keeping Hokies in title race

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps mostly support Obama

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 14 voters didn’t put Terps in Top 25

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps one of 4 ACC teams in BCS Top 25

ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach thinks Terps headed to Jacksonville; Bruce Feldman thinks Terps Boise-bound

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps must beat Florida State to move ahead of them in power rankingsESPN.com’s Heather Dinich

says Terps can be considered ‘frontrunner’ since they don’t have division loss yet

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Turner ‘rising to top’ (must subscribe)Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh

says VA DE prospect Hill discusses visit (must subscribe)TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site

says Terps win first exhibition game

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Coleman leads Terps with 18

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Kizer had 13 points, 12 boards in win

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps open season ranked 3rd in AP poll

NAVY FOOTBALL:The Official Site

 

says clinching bowl berth part of big weekend in Annapolis

The Sun’s Don Markus says Mids now have week off before preparing for Notre Dame in Baltimore

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue happy to see Mids play bowl game locally

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo becomes first coach to get Navy to bowl in first season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Navy hopes to bring 30,000 to EagleBank Bowl

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says BC or Duke would be Navy’s Bowl opponent as of now

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says ‘Christmas came early’ for Mids Saturday

ORIOLES:MLB.com

 

says Wieters “Best Hitter” in minor leagues

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says hot stove starts for MacPhail at this week’s GM meetings

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says Cintron might not be missed

BLAST:The Official Site

 

announces ESPN Zone event

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-If you haven’t checked it out yet; please go to FlaccoFacts.com. Brilliant!

-I disagree with Drew. I think Troy Smith can help this offense. But the offense has to be on the same page when he gets into the game. It might be his fault, it might be the O-Line’s fault. But they have to get together in those situations.

-Congratulations to Comcast Morning Show Athlete of the Morning Kelly Ward; who had the game winner for Mercy as they beat IND 2-1 yesterday for the C conference title. We love the Mercy Magic!

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

 

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It Could Happen Again

Posted on 31 October 2008 by Brian Billick

The question everyone seems to be asking is: “Are the Tennessee Titans for real?” and “Can they go to and win the Super Bowl?” The Titans have made an incredible run thus far and have opened what looks to be an insurmountable lead in the division.

Playing great defense, running the ball well and not turning the ball over has long been a formula for success in reaching the playoffs. The Titans are currently ranked 4th in total defense, 4th in rushing offense and 1st in turnover differential. Indeed, their numbers are very comparable to the numbers we generated in our 2000 Super Bowl run.

2000 Baltimore

2008 Tennessee

Points

9.5

12.4

Yards

247

275

Passing

187

185

Rushing

60

90

Take aways

24

16

Give Aways

13

8

Differential

11

8

What is significant is not that these numbers are comparable, but the circumstance in the league is as well.

As workable as the formula is, it rarely equates to a Championship season, particularly of late. At the end of the day this is still a quarterback-driven league, and the likes of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning were always awaiting at the end of the playoff trail.

Much like in the 1990’s it was difficult to achieve a championship with the formula because the likes of Troy Aikman, Joe Montana and Steve Young were awaiting those teams that were able to work themselves up to the championship games.

When we worked the formula to reach the 2000 AFC Championship game, no such list of Hall of Fame quarterbacks awaited. At that time the great quarterbacks of the time were transitioning out of the game. There was a void of great quarterback play. As good as Rich Gannon was in 2000, the Oakland Raiders, our opponent in that game, got there by way of the top rushing attack in the NFL and solid play by Gannon who had 28 TD’s to only 11 interceptions. Peyton Manning was just beginning his run as a future Hall of Fame quarterback and had a great year throwing 33 TD’s and only 15 INT’s. However, Indy lost to Miami in the first round of the playoffs, 23-17. In the NFL, Kerry Collins led the Giants to an NFC Championship on a solid, if not spectacular, season with only a 58% completion percentage and 22 TD’s and 13 INT’s. The next year, Jon Gruden used the same formula to lead Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl Championship. It wasn’t until the next year that Tom Brady, and then Payton Manning, began their runs to championships.

This year New Orleans’ Drew Brees, San Diego’s Phillip Rivers, and Denver’s Jay Cutler are the leading quarterbacks in the AFC. However, New Orleans and San Diego rank 27th and 28th in the NFL in rushing offense and Denver has the 29th ranked defense. These are dominate quarterbacks in this league, but they are not having dominant seasons and have little supporting casts.

We have a lot of football left to play, but as we reach the midway point of the season, things are beginning to stack up again in favor of the formula having a chance of gaining a championship.

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